Health care costs in the USA have spiraled in the last few years owing to various factors.
Here is a comparison between the health care spending of the USA in comparison to other countries. USA ranks the highest with a per capita spending equal to $7000.
The only country that comes even slightly close to this number is Switzerland at $4417 per capita. This is a huge gap probably owing to the size of the country and its population.
However, even with this huge expenditure on health the average life expectancy in USA is 78 years whereas in Australia that ranks least in terms of expenditure it is 81 years. When split by category, per capita spending on out-patient care in the USA is the major contributor.